Rocky Romero Talks Cross-Promotion, The "Other Guys" Always Watching And Wanting Them To Fail

Rocky Romero believes now is the time for promotions to come together and help each other out.

Speaking with the Wrestling Perspective podcast, Romero was asked about the talent sharing that we've been seeing between AEW, New Japan Pro Wrestling, and IMPACT. He believes that now is the perfect time to do something great for the fans and work together instead of moving in opposite directions. The fact that so many of the performers came up through the business together has also made things easier. Romero was asked if the companies will be able to put ego aside or if old grudges, such as IMPACT's (formerly TNA) less-than-ideal handling of Tetsuya Naito and Kazuchika Okada, would get in the way. Here is what he said:

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"I think the pandemic has changed things. At least you would think here in this moment where the world has just taken a f***ing beating, that like here's a great moment to put the ego aside, put the other things aside, and lets just to work together so that we can continue to feed all our families and give back to the fans who are going through a tough time. I think that's what is really kind of important. Maybe that kind of sounds sappy in a way, but I think that that's really the truth. Here's a moment where we can actually do things to help each other instead of going the other way because there's always going to be the big guy in the corner always consistently watching us and trying to screw all of us over. So why not be cool with each other because there's always the other guy who's just gonna be ready to pounce at any second and wants us to fail."

Romero was then asked if the "big-bad machine in Connecticut" was the actual reason for this newfound cooperation, to which he replied no, but admitted they're always in the background, giving you something extra to think about.

Earlier in the show, Romero admitted that the relationship between AEW and NJPW hasn't been great.

AEW and IMPACT have been crossing-over since Don Callis helped Kenny Omega win the AEW World Championship from Jon Moxley. Over the past two months, The Good Brothers (Doc Gallows and Karl Anderson) have been appearing on Dynamite, while Omega, Matt Hardy, and Private Party have shown up on IMPACT.

After Jon Moxley's surprise attack on KENTA at NJPW Strong, the Bullet Club member returned the favor by jumping Moxley at the end of February 3rd's Dynamite. The two will face off for the IWGP US Title on February 26 at NJPW New Beginning USA.

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